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All In by Billie Jean King review — troubled victor of the battle of the sexes

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On and off the tennis court, Billie Jean King always seemed so sorted. Brisk and businesslike. The reliable serve, the killer volleys. She was the kind of capable woman who knew exactly who she was, and how to beat whatever opponent, or social injustice, faced her. All the more astonishing, therefore, to learn from her candid autobiography that inside she was a mess, tortured for decades by her inability to be honest with the world.

“One of the most exhausting things in life is pretending to be someone you’re not,” declares the pioneering sportswoman, who worked tirelessly to address other people’s issues but was unable to help herself. Only at 51 in 1995, after decades of duplicity, lies and a destructive eating disorder, was she

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